“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.”
— Rudyard Kipling
“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
— Helen Keller
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
–1 John 4:18
“But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”
So my daughter and I got exposed to Covid this past weekend. We are still waiting on our test results to come back to see if we have it. I’ve been thinking a lot about Covid and the fear that has gripped so many in regards to this virus.
I know Covid has been very serious for some and I don’t minimize that at all, but I honestly am not worried or fearful and have a peace about it all.
That being said, wisdom is very important and I have been staying at home until we get our results. It is important to me to be considerate of others.
At the same time, I do want to encourage those who are very afraid of Covid.
Please don’t live in fear.
God is in control.
Definitely use wisdom, but don’t let fear of Covid control you.
God is sovereign.
We can’t add a single day to our lives.
(Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
Each one of our days is already written and God sees all of them. (All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God, how vast is the sum of them.
He decides when our life comes to an end, not us. To me that is a comfort.
Also please remember to love your family members and those around you and show them that love through your words and actions even in the middle of the Covid altered world we live in now.
Don’t let your fear of Covid keep you from that.
I personally know of family members who are completely avoiding other family members because of Covid related issues. These issues include shunning and shaming family members at family events, funerals, etc. because some choose to get vaccinated and some do not.
It is heartbreaking to me to see this divisiveness in families. Something that does indeed come to my mind is what would Jesus do? Would he shun people because of belief about a vaccination or not? Would he shun people who were sick or had the possibility of being sick? Would he want us to be consumed with fear and never leave our house, never go to church, basically become a recluse because of a virus?
Of course He would not. He always allowed others to come to Him. It didn’t matter who they were or if they were sick. In fact, He said He came for the sick! Why shouldn’t we treat others that way? Of course we should use wisdom…but at the end of the day I would rather catch Covid while showing someone the love of Jesus than staying holed up in my house because of fear of the virus! If I caught Covid and died because I was being the hands and feet of Jesus, it would be okay! I would be in my eternal home with Jesus! I wouldn’t have the regret that I didn’t love my family or friends because of fear. Chances are pretty high most people are not going to die from Covid.
I would rather live life free from bondage of fear than getting to the end of my days (whenever that is) and feeling the sting of regret that I didn’t care for and love those around me.
Eternity is forever.
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Our life here on earth is just a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow. It’s too short to waste. It’s too short not to live it to the fullest for Jesus. It’s too short not to use the gifts and talents He gave you to show His love to others. Be free from the grip of fear.
He’s got this.
He really does.
Everything will be alright.